Robert Kennedy announces the Death of Martin Luther King (1968)


 On April 4, 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated by James Earl Ray – a white man. That same evening Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak to an audience in a black neighborhood. Kennedy delivered the news of King’s death to the crowd.

The brother of the assassinated president, Robert Kennedy spoke, without notes, of his own sadness over King’s death as well the anguish and hopes for the country. Two months later Kennedy, too, would be assassinated in a California hotel having just won the California democratic primary.

kennedy announces mlk death

Click on link to download full text. This document contains the Robert F. Kennedy announcement of Martin Luther King’s assassination ( 1968).


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